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Thursday, July 28, 2016
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(Balla Cashtal)

The old capital of the island with a very long history as the the home of vikings, kings, and government. There is much to see and do in this historical coastal town.

Castletown sits on the site of an ancient volcano. The town was the capital of the island for hundreds of years. The government was run from within it before moving to Douglas and much of what the island is today started in this historical town.

Tracing its origins back to 1090, Castletown holds true as one of the oldest towns in the British Isles. Its narrow streets and small fishing cottages prove this ancient past at every corner. The medieval Castle Rushen, once the home of kings and later government, still dominates the centre of town.

Fishing boats continue to fill the harbour, though Castletown saw the end of major commercial traffic to its port in the 1970's. The on going expansion of financial and industrial businesses in the area keep Castletown on the map as an important island town.

Dates: Saturday 30 July 2016 - Sunday 31 July 2016
Description: Southern District Agricultural Show. Saturday from 10am and Sunday from 11am. Admission: Saturday-adults £5, under 16's £1, Sunday-adults £3 under 16's free. Displays of cattle, sheep, goats, horses and much more. In the main ring-polo demonstrations and the lawnmower race. Great competitions and prizes, heritage tent and countryside crafts. See website and facebook page for more details. Beer tent, great food and free parking. www.southernshow.org, Great Meadow,, Castletown, 07624494497 http://www.southernshow.org.
Dates: Friday 26 May 2017 - Monday 29 May 2017
Description: Pre TT Classic Road Races. Blackford Financial Services Pre TT Classic Road Races on the Billown Circuit. 26th, 27th and 29th May. Billown Circuit,, Castletown, http://www.southern100.com.
Dates: Saturday 10 June 2017
Description: Post TT Road Races. Radcliffe's Butcher's Post TT Road Races on the Billown Circuit. Billown Circuit,, Castletown, http://www.southern100.com.
Event information supplied by the Isle of Man Department of Tourism & Leisure (01624 686766)

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